Brick Lane is a street in East London that offers a wide variety of artistic and cultural entertainment, and it is well known for its markets, curry houses and street art. Many buildings are decorated with graffiti, like the buildings in the nearby Shoreditch.
The Brick Lane Market is a popular event held on Sundays, where you can find things like vintage clothing and antique products. One of the areas central points is the Old Truman Brewery, which was established in the 1600s and was the largest brewery in the world in the mid-1800s. The brewery closed in 1989, and nowadays the Old Truman Brewery houses multiple companies, which provide products such as fashion and food.
Along with the main markets held in the Old Truman Brewery on Sundays, the area hosts other markets throughout the week:
- Sunday Upmarket - fashion, art and food / open Sundays
- Backyard Market - e.g. jewellery and prints / open Saturdays and Sundays
- Boiler House Food - food / open Saturdays and Sundays
- Vintage Market -vintage-clothing / open between Thursday and Sunday
- The Tea Rooms - furniture and antique products / open Saturdays and Sundays
Apart from the markets, the area also has numerous other events, for example, during London Design Week.
People who are fond of art would enjoy The Brick Lane Gallery, which presents street and modern art from artists such as Banksy, Roa and Wolfgang Tillmans.
Another thing that Brick Lane is well known for is its curry houses. The Bangladeshi community in the area are the reason Brick Lane has some of the best curry dishes in London.
The nearest underground stations to the south of Brick Lane are Aldgate East (District, Hammersmith & City) and Aldgate (Circle, Metropolitan). Shoreditch overground station is a few minutes from the northern side of Brick Lane. Liverpool Street's underground and train stations are about 10 minutes away by foot.